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Marijuana, while mild in comparison to other drugs, still packs enough of a punch in some cases to bring on a wealth of misery.

Marijuana is legal in a lot of places. Rest assured, that means there’s a stoner bro sitting around in a frat house somewhere staring down at a 1000mg cannabis edible while his college buddies double dare him to eat that sucker all at once. And in the spirit of the party culture, he’s probably going to do it, too. Little does he know, it’ll be worse than the worst mistake he’s ever made.

Although most states require cannabis dispensaries to sell edibles with a limited amount of THC (usually 10mg per serving), it’s common to find these products packaged with 10 servings — the equivalent of 100mg of THC. For the newcomer to the world of edible pot, 100mg is going to put them on their backside in a matter of hours and will likely induce enough panic to swear them off drugs forever.

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Seriously, even 50mg can invoke dark horrors for a newbie. That’s one of the reasons “responsible use” advocates often suggest that beginners start by ingesting 5-10mg to test the waters and then increase the dose in a few hours as needed. Because once you ingest 100mg of edible THC, there’s no turning back. And, once it kicks in, you’re going to want to turn back, and fast.

There’s nothing stopping a consumer from buying multiple packages of pot edibles and devouring it in one setting. There have been accounts of pot journalists, many of which believe documenting their drug use makes them the next Hunter Thompson, eating 500mg to 1000mg of THC and sharing their experience with their readers. You can find these articles all over the internet, and they are written in such a way that cautiously suggest that a person shouldn’t be afraid.

But you should be terrified.

While consuming copious amounts of THC might be okay for some, it’s not the most practical move for most. Forget about all the stuff you’ve heard about pot users being more active, creative, and functional. Eating 1000mg of weed will almost assuredly lead to drooling fear, total inactivity, a loss of creative control and you won’t even be able to pronounce the word functionality.

Why Do Some People Not Get High From Eating Edibles?

 

Safe to say, the comments have no sources or scientific backing to support them. - by Jessica Campbell

The debate surrounding the legalisation of cannabis has always been one prone to fiery debate and controversy and given the nature of drugs to divide social opinion, the path to decriminalise cannabis here in Australia has been rife with obstacles. While American states have led the way in making cannabis-related products available to the public and change the deeply entrenched stigmas surrounding the drug, Australia has been much slower to adopt such changes. But while the ACT has since decriminalised cannabis, the quest to do so in Victoria has now seen an interesting (yet bizarre) argument come forward from Drug Free Australia. 

In order to decriminalise cannabis, the state of Victoria has formed a committee to look into the use of the drug throughout the state. Part of their duties include accepting written submissions from the public and other submissions made during public hearings, along with conducting their own research. At a recent hearing, a submission put forward by research director of Drug Free Australia, Gary Christian, proved particularly problematic and controversial, playing into the fear-mongering that has surrounded the debate around cannabis as he suggested it turns violence into homicide. 

 
Some of the astonishing claims made by Drug Free Australia include that cannabis can result in violence and aggression, ‘particularly inter-personal and domestic violence.’ Christian claimed, “A lot of the violence and aggression actually turns into homicide. This is a world-wide known phenomenon about cannabis. They kill the people that are closest to them.”

Christian claimed that weed users are also 16 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident and boldly asserted that cannabis can cause autism, claims that also were not supported with any evidence to suggest as much. 

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Historically, cannabis was portrayed as the scourge of humankind. Films like ‘Reefer Madness’ were coupled with other forms of propaganda and spread throughout the world.

That propaganda had one goal – to demonize cannabis users. Cannabis consumers were portrayed in horrific ways that weren’t based in fact in an attempt to convince society that the ‘harms’ of cannabis were significant and factual.

The fact of the matter is that cannabis is much safer than many other legal substances, including and especially alcohol.

One study found that cannabis was 114 times safer than alcohol. A more recent study found that cannabis may actually be able to reduce alcohol cravings.

CBD and Alcohol Consumption Study

The cannabis plant is composed of dozens of cannabinoids, with THC and CBD being the two most popular cannabinoids.

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The first harvest could make its way into licensed retail stores and allow for the first adult-use cannabis sales to occur in September 2022.

New York Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes estimates that the first legal sales will begin between 18 months and two years after the signing of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), which occurred on March 31, 2021. That means that the first legal sales would start between September 2022 and March 2023.

In order for those sales to happen, New York must first establish a regulated marketplace. That’s because under the MRTA, a license is required to produce, process, distribute, deliver, or sell cannabis. Those licenses will be issued by the Cannabis Control Board (the Board) with significant input from the Office of Cannabis Management (the Office).


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The website for the Office launched on April 2. The next likely step for the Office will be the appointment of an executive director. The executive director will be nominated by the Governor with advice and consent from the state legislature. In addition, the five members of the Board must be selected. The MRTA provides that the Governor shall appoint three members, with New York Senate and Assembly each appointing one of the remaining two members. Peoples-Stokes estimates that the Board will be “set and running” before the legislative session ends in June 2021, according to a report from The City.

Will New York Bungle Marijuana Legalization Again In 2021?

Working out while enjoying a cannabis high is a popular habit for a reason. Here’s how to do it safely.

The influence of marijuana’s legalization has had wide ranging implications, from attracting a more varied base of users to the production of a larger selection of products. It’s also launched a growing “weed and workout” following.

Many people call their weed workouts invigorating and joyful, going against the harmful and pervasive lazy stoner stereotype. Cannabis has always been pretty malleable. Once you know how to use it, you can pretty much add it onto any activity and obtain positive results. Still, whenever you ingest a substance, it’s very important to prioritize your health and well being.

Here are a few tips that can make your workouts on weed safer and just as efficient:

Start off small


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Cannabis Cravings: New Study Addresses Why It Happens

There seems to be a new bud on the block that people are turning to for a legal high in Texas.

It's called "Delta 8 THC" and for now... it's being sold legally at CBD retailers.

Delta 8 comes in the form of chips, gummies, chocolates, even bath bombs.

It's not just junk food feeding the craze either, it comes in all the old-school ways to get that ‘altered state.’

When asked, "Do these products get you high?" CloudPonics owner Toyice Garrett said, "Absolutely, yes they do."

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Governor Greg Gianforte on Tuesday signed the Montana adult-use cannabis bill that will establish a newly formed recreational marijuana program in the state, months after voters in Big Sky country approved a measure to legalize pot.

Gianforte, a Republican in his first term as governor of Montana, attached his name to House Bill 701, which paves the way for the state to become the latest to implement a program overseeing legal adult-use pot sales. 

The Daily Montanan reports that the bill “implements and regulates the recreational marijuana program that voters approved in a ballot initiative last year and funds a substance abuse prevention program that the new governor has championed since his first days in office,” with sales for customers 21 years and older slated to begin in January of next year.

According to the Daily Montanan, “the half of Montana counties that voted for I-190, the ballot initiative legalizing adult-use cannabis, will have recreational in their borders by default, while voters in the the other half of counties will have to take an affirmative action to bring recreational marijuana in their boundaries if so desired.” 

Other provisions in the bill, per the Daily Montanan, include a tax rate of 20 percent on recreational pot sales (compared with five percent on medical marijuana sales), while also shifting “the operation and regulation of the state’s marijuana program from the Department of Public Health and Human Services to the Department of Revenue.”

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While the NBA has not tested players for marijuana since March 2020, NBA players in consideration to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be subject to World Anti-Doping Agency testing, according to a memo sent to all 30 teams on Tuesday and obtained by The Athletic's Shams Charania.

 

"Each national team player" for Team USA will be subject to testing that includes cannabinoids, narcotics and performance-enhancing drugs, according to the memo. The players will be subject to such testing until they are no longer part of Team USA, the team is out of the Olympics or the games are canceled. Team USA training camp is scheduled for on or just after July 1, which coincides with the NBA Finals.

 

The NBA hasn't tested its players for marijuana since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a span including the Disney bubble and the 2020-21 season.

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The disclosure that STF (Brazilian Supreme Court) should soon judge a lawsuit that deals with the constitutionality of Cannabis possession for personal consumption, and that Anvisa (Brazilian health surveillance agency) intends to regulate the cultivation and registration of Cannabis-based drugs creates a new scenario in Brazil. Prohibiting what does not involve the rights of third parties is nothing but an arbitrary interference. As Franz Kafka well noted, “our laws are not universally known; they are a secret of the small group of aristocrats that dominates us.

We are convinced that these old laws are accurately observed, but it is an extremely painful thing to be governed according to laws that are not known.” Should the use of substances that are considered illegal (yes, your jay, in the (un)attentive eyes of the law, is considered a hell of a flagrant) in your own home be considered an illegal act?

After all, what harm would I be doing by making reasonable use (limits, my dear - it is good to have them!) of these substances in the solitude of my own home? Well, it is due to this doubt that many people were excited by the - not that - recent disclosure that, most likely, the judgment of Extraordinary Appeal (RE) 635,659 (action that discusses the constitutionality of the criminalization of drug possession for own 2 consumption) will be resumed by STF in this second semester.

This is already something for many people, since many were frustrated with the regulation proposal presented by Anvisa in June. Many thought that the agency's proposal could contemplate selfcultivation, but that is not what was presented. In our opinion, Anvisa does very well when it restricts its performance to the competence attributed to it by Decree 5.912 / 2006, which regulates Law 11.343 / 2006, the so-called Drug Law. Thus, it avoids future questionings about the legal validity of the regulation that it intends to create.

To cross this limit would be a shot in the foot, since, when it comes to competence, the saying “each monkey on its branch” becomes a legal institute. This theme is related to the subject matter hereof, but, as it is highly complex, we better leave it to a text of its own. The object of the Extraordinary Appeal is the analysis of the typicality (whether it is a crime or not) of possession of drugs for personal use, more specifically, of Cannabis sativa L., determining if there is a constitutional precept that justifies the crime indicated in article 28 of the Drug Law, which is “to acquire, store, keep in deposit, transport or bring, for personal consumption, drugs without authorization or in disagreement with legal or regulatory determination”, which also stipulates the warning penalties, provision of community services and educational measure of attendance to educational program or course.

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CBD products come in many different shapes and sizes.

Oils, gummies, capsules, tinctures, and lotions are only a few options from the long list of things an average CBD lover can use, which can leave you wondering what CBD is right for you?

One popular way to consume CBD is by using softgels.

Why?

Because they offer the same benefits as other products while being much more convenient.

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Cannabis seeds and the hobby of growing your own marijuana have become more prominent recently considering the Farm Bill of 2018 has helped create a boom in the cannabis or hemp industry. Because of this, there are tons of seed banks online and not all of them are trustworthy which is why it’s important to take note of the more reputable seed banks in the US.

To help you with your search, we compiled a list of 10 notable seed banks complete with everything you need to know about the product from its pros and cons, to the various discounts and features that make them stand out from the rest.

Best Marijuana Seeds and Reputable Seed Banks In The US

I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM) – Best OverallMSNL Seedbank – Best Speed ShippingCrop King Seeds – Best Global ShippingQuebec Cannabis Seeds – Best PromosSeedsman – Best Cannabis Seed VarietyHerbies Seeds – Best ConvenienceWeed Seed Express – Best NewcomerGorilla Seed Bank – Best ReliabilitySeed Supreme – Best Crypto ChoiceAmsterdam Marijuana Seeds – Best Guaranteed Delivery

1. I Love Growing Marijuana – Best Overall

 

Pros

Multiple payment optionsGood discounts100% germination rate

Cons

Very Pricey

I Love Growing Marijuana (ILGM) is one of the top seed banks that ship to the USA. They have amazing diversity even amongst other online seed banks which is why we highly recommend that people buy cannabis seeds from them. Founded by Robert Bergman, this award-winning seed bank offers a 100% germination rate. Observer.com has also mentioned ILGM as a top pick product, many customer reviews that this company offers quality seeds with helpful expert planting resources and fast shipping.

But the real kicker here is the payment methods and discounts. The company accepts multiple payment methods such as cash payments, checks, crest cards, debit cards, bank transfers, and of course Bitcoin. We highly recommend the Bitcoin option as it gives you a 10% discount on your purchases. Another thing to take note of is that customer support is very active so any problems with payments will be dealt with quickly.

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This is obviously not good for CBD companies, though there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

If you’ve been reading our blog for the last few years, you know that California has taken a pretty absurd position on hemp-derived CBD for the last few years. Though the state led the charge to legalize cannabis (in California, “cannabis” is legally defined as only marijuana and not hemp), the state just can’t get its act together with anything that’s made from hemp.

In 2018, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published an FAQ that said that hemp CBD could not be added to any kind of orally consumable product like foods, beverages, dietary supplements, or animal products, which has been the rule ever since.

You can read an older analysis of mine on the CDPH’s position here. In my opinion, the CDPH’s position was highly suspect – there is no law in the state that actually forbids adding CBD to anything; the CDPH just followed the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) position. While the FAQ did not expressly say so, it appears that the CDPH actually took the position that CBD was an adulterant under the state’s Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (which is similar to the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act laws that the FDA enforces).


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Researchers believe the only natural way to prevent getting hammered with cannabis-related health issues is to sidestep it.

Ever since marijuana started going legal in the United States, the news has been filled with countless reports of people getting their butts handed to them because of it. At first, much of the trouble was blamed on edible pot products — or rather, the average citizen’s ignorance over how much THC is too much to take at one time.

But then, the terror grew into the potential harms of vaporizers, how smoking was as bad as cigarettes and a slew of other hazards that one might encounter if they dance with the doobie. However, scientists now believe they understand how cannabis can be used safely, and they want to share their thoughts with the public.

Researchers from Canada recently published a list of guidelines in the American Journal of Public Health, providing cannabis users with 10 ways to increase their chances for survival in the modern stoned age. According to Dr. Benedikt Fischer, senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the team has uncovered “factual, science-based information” to help the average cannabis user avoid both short and long-term health problems associated with cannabis.


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Starting on July 1, Virginia residents will have the ability to possess small amounts of cannabis and use it in their homes. But that doesn’t mean those already in jail on similar charges will get a quick release.

The complicated process of expunging past criminal records and releasing current inmates incarcerated on marijuana possession charges could take as long as a year or more. That’s a disappointment to those who spearheaded the Virginia legalization effort.

“It makes no sense to me,” state Sen. Louise Lucas, who co-sponsored the legislation that led to legalization in Virginia, told the Virginia Mercury. “That was urgent to me, because now we’re going to be in a situation where you’ve got people still sitting in jail for the very thing that we’ve already legalized.”

An effort to speed up the process got removed from the legalization bill.

The Virginia Legislature voted to make adult-use marijuana legal in the state in April. Lucas and other supporters attempted to include language that would have granted resentencing hearings to people in jail on certain marijuana-related charges, such as possession. But other lawmakers would not approve those provisions.

Retail cannabis sales will not start in Virginia until 2024. But starting July 1, residents can possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to four plants per household.

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With much of the country vaccinated and summer around the corner, it might finally be time to dust off some of those vacation days you’ve been hoarding. After a year of travel bans and border closures, the European Union has announced that all vaccinated Americans will soon be able to travel freely to and from Europe – which is usually the most popular destination for international travel from the U.S.

But, ban or no ban, travel is always complicated for cannabis-enthusiasts. Cannabis is still federally illegal in the United States, and while an increasing number of countries in Europe are legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing recreational use, the way those laws are actualized varies wildly from country to country.

If you’ve got the travel bug but are reluctant to leave your pot behind, here are three things you should know:

1. Don’t try bringing cannabis into or out of the U.S. (even if it’s medicinal)

Even though recreational cannabis is becoming legal in states all over the country, medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis are both still fully illegal at the federal level in the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) abides by federal U.S. law, not state law – so, even if you’re leaving the country from California, a state where recreational marijuana is fully legal, attempting to enter another country with cannabis will be considered drug trafficking and a federal offense.

Drug trafficking is a much more serious crime than drug possession. Depending on the quantity found, it can lead to a hefty fine and anywhere between three to five years to life in prison – not exactly something you want to risk, even if you’re using cannabis for medical purposes. We reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to find out what happens if you are caught smuggling cannabis on an international flight.

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The cannabis travel segment is on the rise. What was once a California specific organization called the California Cannabis Tourism Association (CCTA) has taken the leap to a bigger stage and repositioned as the Cannabis Travel Association, International (CTAI). Founded in 2017, the Cannabis Travel Association, International has a mission to advance and steward safe and responsible cannabis tourism.

Brian Applegarth, a leader, and innovator of cannabis tourism founded the CTAI in 2017. Brian is also a cannabis culture historian and student of the legalization movement.  He has a rich history and understanding of the cannabis industry as well as travel and tourism.  His goal is to introduce the wide, wide world of cannabis travel to a growing marketplace.  

In collaboration with MMGY Travel Intelligence and Headset, the CTAI produces an annual cannabis tourism research publication.  Last year’s paper concentrated primarily on California, emphasizing the connection between the COVID pandemic and the optimism surrounding cannatourism.  

Fast forward a year and we see travelers chomping at the bit for personalized experiences and adventures that are off the beaten path, away from throngs of people and incorporate an increased health and wellness focus.  These elements have always been a part of cannabis tourism.  

Evidenced by the 2020 study (available at www.cannabistravelassociation.org) it was clear folks were clamoring for cannabis vacations and events.  Armed with strong statistical backup, the CCTA evolved to an  international association –with members hailing from Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and all over the United States.  As acceptance and legalization begin to take root, there is a groundswell of interest in cannabis-enhanced experiences from yoga to dining to cooking to artistic creations and spiritual insights.  The health and wellness component of travel is also going through the roof, and the CTAI has a number of members devoted to the healing elements of the plant.

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It’s entirely likely you or someone you know has made the unfortunate and all-too-easy party blunder of imbibing too much alcohol and then adding cannabis to the mix. What seems like a natural social combination of a few drinks and a few joints can quickly turn into nauseous, seemingly unending awfulness. The effects of both cannabis and alcohol can creep up on you unexpectedly, as your body interacts with the intake of chemicals at different speeds. I’ve certainly questioned on many a dark morning the plausibility of ever combining the two reliably, under any circumstances. The jury’s still out.

In the meantime, I can report firsthand that enjoying the two individually is the best plan. To take it even further, you can replace an alcoholic beverage with cannabis-infused mocktails, which is beneficial to your body, as opposed to the known havoc wreaked by alcohol. Instead of drinking a numbing poison for kicks, there is now the option of enjoying a plant that has been used throughout recorded civilization as a holistic natural medicine.

The question is, however, how can you enjoy cannabis consumption as innocuously and acceptably as drinking an alcoholic beverage?

Welcome to the world of “mocktails”: cannabis-infused drinks that are a delicious, effective and subtle alternative to an alcoholic beverage. Take extra care when drinking cannabis, as liquids are processed more quickly by your body than edibles, so you may feel the effects in as little as 10-20 minutes. Let it ride for at least 45-90 minutes before drinking more, to be on the safe side.

Remember: you can always drink more, but you cannot go back in time and drink less.

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California has long gotten flack for not being an inclusive space for social equity and taking the steps some other states have as far as inclusion. Now, a group of social equity leaders from across the state who make up the California Cannabis Equity Alliance are planning a protest that will lay out their demands and wishes for the state. 

This Monday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. PST, on the west steps of the State capitol, the group is going to meet and lay out their “vision for economic justice and fairness” in the state’s cannabis industry. 

Speakers at the event will include Kika Keith, president of the Social Equity Owners and Workers Association in Las Angeles; Malaki Amen, Executive Director of California Urban Partnership/Institute for MORE in Sacramento; Nina Parks Director of Equity Trade for Original Equity Group in San Francisco; Lanese Martin, director of The Hood Incubator in Oakland; Cesar Casamayor of The People’s Dispensary in Fresno and Amber Senter, director of SuperNova Women in Oakland. 

“California made some progress in reinvesting cannabis tax revenue to support youth programs and address  severe trauma, but the state continues to ignore the business development problems created by its legacy of racialized marijuana policy enforcement,” said Malaki Amen, executive director of the California Urban  Partnership, according to a press release. “The real truth here is that the state cannot claim to support the Black and Brown children of Drug  War survivors; especially when it is deliberately transferring billions in generational wealth away from their  families.” 

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Almost every American supports some marijuana legalization, which is nothing short of amazing in these divided times. The only difference is in what exactly they support. Also, the level of support differs depending on the age of the American you ask.

That said, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds Americans largely in agreement about the legalization of marijuana. That’s worthy of note at a time when so many Americans agree over nothing. 

The latest numbers come from an April 2021 study.

In a survey conducted in April 2021, Pew researchers found that 91 percent of adults in the United States say that marijuana should be legal. Of those, 60 percent say they support both legal recreational and medical marijuana. The other 31 percent support legal medical cannabis only.

Notably, only a small number - 8 percent - opposed legal cannabis in any form.

The support numbers are even higher than those seen the last few years in annual Gallup polls, where support for legal marijuana reached 70 percent last year.

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Promoters of Medical Cannabis in Missouri said the fledgling business continues to see major success.

Medical Cannabis officials said dispensaries seem to be the only business without a hiring problem.

In fact, they are dealing with the opposite, too many people want to work there.

They said Missouri dispensaries are setting records for tax revenue and it's only going to get better.

The spokesperson for Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, Jack Cardetti, said the revenue has been massive.

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